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Comment: Plenty. (Score 1) 979

by emil (#49379571) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Pilate sent scores of insurgents to Golgatha every day. Tiberius recalled him to Rome for sending a phalanx to butcher several thousand Jews in a riot. A personal interview was thus extremely unlikely, and the "hand washing" just preposterous.

Try a basic test - who met Jesus first after the resurrection? Each gospel has a different answer. Unless you are extremely versed at doublethink, some of them have to be wrong.

Comment: It's stupid (Score 0) 90

Development with a proprietary language is ultimately harmful to your own interests, whether you make proprietary software for a profit or Free software.

The one thing every business needs is control. When you make it possible for another company to block your business, you lose control. Your options become limited. Solving business problems potentially becomes very costly, involving a complete rewrite.

The one thing that should be abundantly clear to everyone by now is that making your business dependent on Microsoft anything is ultimately a losing proposition. They have a long history of deprecating their own products after customers have built products upon them.

Comment: Yes, it's free. Also, the patent system sucks (Score 1) 90

All Open Source licenses come with an implicit patent grant, it's an exhaustion doctrine in equitable law.

The problem is not patent holders who contribute to the code, you're protected from them. It's trolls who make no contribution and then sue.

Of course these same trolls sue regarding proprietary code as well.

Comment: You are seriously telling me... (Score 1) 979

by emil (#49375599) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

...that the slaughter of Sepphoris would have no impact whatsoever on the childhood of Yeshua? That the wounded refugees sheltering in Nazereth would have no impact on him? That childhood memories of a Roman atrocity would have no lasting effect? That the PTSD his family likely suffered made no difference whatsoever?

You also mistake guile in talk of the occupation for peaceful intent - direct threats against the Romans was suicide. Did not Jesus say to sell your cloak and buy a sword? That he came to set 3 against 2, and 2 of 3, father against son, and mother daughter?

I'm not buying it. Reread all you like.

Comment: Mark is the earlier, and more reliable gospel. (Score 1) 979

by emil (#49374765) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

It is supposedly written in crude Greek by a student of Paul.

Mark 11:27 clearly has Jesus in the temple with a crowd of his followers, delivering this statement in 12:13, in full view of the centurions of the Antonia fortress which the Romans had physically attached to the temple walls. In order to gain access to the Court of the Gentiles, Jesus would have walked beneath the Roman eagles that had been affixed to the entrances of the temple by Herod (crowned king of Judea by Rome).

The priestly vestments and tools were kept in the Antonia fortress, and given to the high priest only when required.

Rome owned Jerusalem and greater Judea, and expressed no hesitation in demonstrating this fact.

Also, bear in mind that Nazereth was a small town near the larger city of Sepphoris, where Jesus likely worked as a carpenter. Sepphoris was burned to the ground by the Romans in an earlier revolt.

It is highly unlikely that Jesus was ambivalent to the Roman occupation of Judea.

Comment: Not so. (Score 4, Informative) 979

by emil (#49372193) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

I just finished Reza Aslan's "Jesus the Zealot," and much was said about the Roman occupation, and the Levite collaborators, even in the sanitized gospels that were whitewashed for a Roman audience.

"Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's," is actually a direct challenge to throw the Romans out of Judea, a statement made within the Court of the Gentiles on the temple grounds. Tearing down and rebuilding the temple in three days, as a challenge to the high priest Caiaphas, also directly threatened the Roman order.

The Roman governors of Judea were alternately viciously efficient or incompetent, and a spirit of rebellion reached a crescendo after the crucifixion, when Judea was free from Roman rule for four years, then crushed by the armies of Vespasian and his son Titus, who utterly destroyed Jerusalem.


Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the or-you-know-stop-polluting-so-much dept.
knwny points out this lofty proposed power plan in China. "The battle to dispel smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve the energy crisis is moving to space. If news reports are to be believed, Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station in a geosynchronous orbit 36,000 kilometres above ground. The electricity generated would be converted to microwaves or lasers and transmitted to a collector on Earth. If realized, it will surpass the scale of the Apollo project and the International Space Station and be the largest-ever space project."

Comment: Why do they need to come back to Earth? (Score 1) 121

by Catbeller (#49366331) Attached to: SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies

Go to Mars. *Stay there*. Don't return the Presbyterian astronauts back home to Ohio. Keep lobbing supplies at the colonists until they can sustain themselves. Why on earth do we keep trying to re-enact the Apollo fiasco? Colonize, or don't go. Plenty of older folk such as myself who would be glad of a few years of low G before we die while we build up the place for later arrivals. Dying there? The horror! Um, of course you'd die if you stay on Earth anyway. Dying on Mars would be more scenic, and your knees wouldn't hurt when you stand up.

Of course, Mars won't pay for itself as far as Earth is concerned, the way orbiting terraria and factories would. Less room, less opportunity, and yet another gravity trap on any planet. Mars is a place to colonize. It can't produce wealth for the old country. And colonies don't care about the old world much, so we're building a suburb that will home-rule faster than a town next door to a impoverished city.

Well, limited vision, but at least we'd have two baskets to put our eggs in.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun